About this event

Get Ready for ArborEXPO ’24

ArborEXPO ’24, the tree care industry’s fastest-growing tradeshow and conference, is back — and BIGGER than ever! This year features 19 education sessions with rock star speakers and all the must-see exhibitors, along with skills competitions.

Featuring over 130 premium exhibitors across 150,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor tradeshow floors, we’re dominating the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. We continue to provide the best value, offering something for everyone:

  • Earn continuing education units (CEUs) for less than $15 per unit
  • Registration includes lunch and great swag
  • Indoor and outdoor exhibits to try out equipment before you buy
  • Evening welcome reception and plenty of networking opportunities
  • Crew training along with leadership insights from industry leaders

Check out highlights from ArborEXPO ’23.

Schedule

Learn cutting-edge tree care techniques from industry experts. With 19 education sessions, you'll dive into hot topics with top-notch speakers.

  • 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Registration Open

  • 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Precision and Production: Grapple Saw Safety Workshop

    Price $199 early bird | $249 at door This immersive experience delves into the intricate techniques of operating grapple saws, emphasizing precision cutting and efficient production. Attendees will gain valuable insights and practical knowledge to enhance their proficiency in this vital aspect of crane operations. Includes indoor and outdoor instruction and lunch. Maximum attendance is 30 people. CEUs earned, CTSP 7, ISA 8, NJ LTE/LTCO 8

    8:00 am - 11:00 am Indoor Session
    11:00 am -12:00 pm Lunch - Included in registration
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Outdoor Session - Outside the NJ EXPO center

    • You must bring proper PPE for the outdoor portion.

  • 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

    OSHA 10 Tree Care Safety Workshop (1.5 days)

    Price $270 early bird | $320 at the door Academy Trained, the tree industry leader in hands-on technical training, has partnered with an Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer to offer a highly interactive OSHA 10 course tailored for the tree care industry. In this course, students will be presented with a full OSHA 10 curriculum framed within a tree care industry context. Topics include an introduction to OSHA, walking and working surfaces, fall protection, emergency action plans, hazard communication, machine guarding, PPE, gear inspections, and more. This powerful combination will increase the relevance of the training while enhancing subject matter retention and transfer of skills back to the job. Successful students will receive their OSHA 10 DOL Card for General Industry and receive a certificate of training from Academy Trained. OSHA 10 is designed as a voluntary program for entry-level workers. However, many employers, clients and government agencies require workers to earn an OSHA 10 card before starting work. OSHA Outreach Training courses are an excellent addition to any company training program and go a long way towards laying a foundation for a strong safety and "speak up" culture. Successful graduates desiring career enhancement training for supervisory roles will have an opportunity to upgrade to OSHA 30 eligibility by completing an additional 20 hours of training through Academy Trained (certain restrictions apply.) Maximum attendance is 40 people. Lunch is included. CEUs earned, CTSP 10, ISA 12, NJ LTE/LTCO 12

    Day 1: Tuesday, March 26th, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (Lunch is included)
    Day 2: Wednesday, March 27th, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Speakers:
  • 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    PHC Workshop: Industry Alternatives to Neonicotinoid Insecticides

    Price $125 early bird | $155 at door Neonicotinoids are being threatened to be banned, or like New Jersey have already been banned completely. This workshop explores the history of neonicotinoids, why they worked so well, and why they are being banned. Learn about creating alternative strategies and creatively digging deeper into the PHC toolbox to replace these products. Participate in panel discussion with practitioners from NY & NJ that are already working under these restriction and clarifications of the laws from NJ DEP & NY DEC officers. See demonstrations from ArborJet, Rainbow Ecosience, JJ Mauget & Arborsystems as they discuss their equipment and potential alternatives. A networking event and cash bar will be held after the workshop. Maximum attendance is 125 people. 3 ISA CEU’s available CEUs earned, ISA 3, NJ LTE/LTCO 3

  • 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Registration Open

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am

    Competition Climbing: Little Details Big Results

    Location: Expo Classroom – Tradeshow Floor Tree climbing competitions can be daunting and overwhelming, even if it’s not your first one. Lead safety and skills trainer Ryan Torcicollo shares competition tips, breaks down various events, and answers questions to help you get more points scores and get the most out of each event. CEUs earned, CTSP 1, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Ryan Torcicollo

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am

    Safety Culture, Compliance, and Social Media

    Location: Main Ballroom Social media is your face to the world. So how can you tell if it’s having a positive effect on your company’s safety culture? Learn how to use social media to showcase your commitment to your employees, clients, and anyone who sees your work. CEUs earned, CTSP 1, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Bill Burley 

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am

    Invasive Pests Update: Status Report on New and Old Invaders

    Location: Junior Ballroom A global economy spawns a global biota. Learn where emerging new pests originate and what’s bringing them here. Hear about pests such as spotted lanternfly, crape myrtle bark scale, box tree moth, Asian longhorned beetle, red-bay borer, hemlock wooly adelgid, and more. Regional distributions, diagnostic clues, and damage potential will be reviewed. CEUs earned, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Mike Raupp, Ph.D.

  • 9:15 am - 10:15 am

    Heartwood, Heart Rot, Root Rot, and Other Urban Myths

    Location: Expo Classroom – Tradeshow Floor Do all trees form heartwood? Can heartwood decay also affect sapwood? Is all heartwood more resistant to decay? Do all decay fungi in roots cause root rots? These and other urban myths will be exposed and practical implications for arborists will be discussed. CEUs earned, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Christopher J. Luley, Ph.D. 

  • 9:15 am - 10:15 am

    The Z for Me, You, and Everybody

    Location: Main Ballroom While ANSI Z133 is not law, it is a vital safety standard that provides benchmarks for safe and efficient tree work and ensures uniformity in practices across the field. As a living, breathing document, your input controls how the standard is written. Learn a different approach to review and incorporate Z133 by using a collaborative perspective. CEUs earned, CTSP 1, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Melissa LeVangie Ingersoll, MCA 

  • 9:15 am - 10:15 am

    Longevity Through Adversity

    Location: Junior Ballroom Discussions about longevity are trending these days. Not only do people want to live longer, but they also want to improve how they perform. While much attention is paid to exercise and nutrition, how we deal with adversity can increase our resilience and longevity. Brick shares his story as a deaf person navigating the tree care industry and creating a 22-year career as an arborist and spokesperson. CEUs earned, CTSP 1, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Brick Reilly 

  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Tradeshow Open

  • 10:25 am -

    $500 Cash Giveaway and $1,200 Buckingham Gear Raffle

    Location: Demo Area Must be present to win!

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Demo stage: Human Performance for Tree Workers

    Location: Demo stage Fatality rates associated with tree care work are nearly 30 times higher than the national average for other workers. You'll learn how humans perceive and process risk and learn science-based skills and techniques to optimize our safety and performance when working in high-hazard environments. CEUs earned, CTSP 1, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Ed Carpenter

  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Skills Challenge

    Location: NATS Skills Arena Participants can improve their knowledge of safe work practices while showcasing their technical skills. The individual challenge is Dueling Notches, while teams of four can participate in Rigging Operations. Winners will receive a prize that includes gear and equipment from our Safety Alliance partners. Challenges are first-come, first-served. Space is limited. Sign ups available when conference opens.

  • 1:55 pm -

    $500 Cash Giveaway

    Location: Demo Area Must be present to win!

  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Demo Stage: Electrical Safety Tools and Applications for Tree Worker

    Location: Demo stage Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard. Learn how to manage this risk with the right techniques and tools. These include detection equipment, protective equipment and devices, and safe work practices specific to tree workers. CEUs earned, CTSP 1, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Ed Carpenter

  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    PPE inspection – Implementing Gear Inspection to Your Safety Culture

    Location: Main Ballroom Learn how to properly use personal protective equipment (harnesses, helmets, ropes, and hardware) and how to set up regular gear inspections. Through interactive discussions and practical demonstrations, participants will learn essential techniques for identifying potential defects, wear and tear, and ensuring proper fit. CEUs earned, CTSP 1, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Jared Abrojena

  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Challenges to Building Sustainable Urban Forests: An Entomologist’s View

    Location: Junior Ballroom Insects play important roles in sustaining our managed landscapes, but they also create problems. Their actions are determined by plant selections, changes made to the environment, and a changing climate. We will explore and provide recommendations for factors that include plant biodiversity, exotic plants, invasive species, urban heat islands, impervious surfaces, and inputs of insecticides and fertilizers. CEUs earned, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Mike Raupp, Ph.D.

  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Managing Force in Rigging Systems

    Location: EXPO Classroom – Tradeshow Floor The laws of thermodynamics tell us that energy is neither created nor destroyed; it only changes in form. When we rig trees, we are taking the energy of the sun, water, and minerals coalesced through photosynthesis, and changing it to a new form. We will delve into five proven ways to manage force in rigging systems to make them safer, more efficient, and less burdensome on both worker and tree. CEUs earned, CTSP 1, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Tony Tresselt

  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Skills Challenge

    Location: NATS Skills Arena Individual and team participants can improve their knowledge of safe work practices while showcasing their technical skills. The individual challenge will be Dueling Notches, while teams of four can compete in Rigging Operations. Winners will receive a prize that includes gear and equipment from our Safety Alliance partners. Challenges are first-come, first-served. Space is limited. Sign ups available when conference opens.

  • 4:00 pm -

    Tradeshow Closes

  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Welcome Reception - Sponsored by Sennebogen

    Location: NJ Expo Center Get your game ON! After we close on an exciting first day, stay onsite for a fun, relaxing night with your friends and colleagues. Doors will open to a private area for free food and cash bar. Enjoy a fun night of games, including pinball, cornhole, air hockey, foosball, basketball hoops, and more surprises. Challenge your friends to a game or two and earn bragging rights.

  • 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Registration Open

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am

    Dealing With Difficult Tree Removals - Sponsored by Stihl

    Location: EXPO Classroom – Tradeshow Floor One of the biggest — and most satisfying — challenges in tree care work is conducting complex tree removals. We’ll explore some unconventional approaches to solve one of the hardest tree care puzzles out there. Become proficient with this skill set and you’ll become the go-to tree care company for this kind of work. Be sure to visit Stihl at Booth #11 in the outdoor showroom. CEUs earned, CTSP 1, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Mark Chisholm

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am

    What It Takes to Be a Leader

    Location: Main Ballroom An effective leader empowers others by creating a safe and collaborative work environment through clear and honest communication. This presentation will explore several well-established techniques for open dialogue between leaders and their teams. Learn tools to enhance team communication, resulting in improved workflow and high team retention. CEUs earned, CTSP 1, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Karen Hauck

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am

    Keep Them on Board with Onboarding

    Location: Junior Ballroom A good onboarding strategy goes beyond setting up direct deposit. When done properly, this process communicates and reaffirms a company’s safety culture right from the beginning. Get to the core of onboarding and learn how to build an efficient process that keeps retains employees and keeps everyone safe and productive. CEUs earned, CTSP 1, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Korey Conry

  • 9:15 am - 10:15 am

    Crane Use in Tight Spaces

    Location: EXPO Classroom – Tradeshow Floor Gain valuable insights on the safe and efficient use of cranes in constrained work environments. Learn the right techniques and equipment needed to navigate in tight spaces. This workshop will discuss real-world scenarios and delve into the rules and regulations governing this type of work. CEUs earned, CTSP 1, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Hans Tielmann 

  • 9:15 am - 10:15 am

    Helicopter Removal in Tree Care: The Last Resort Option Requiring Absolute Precision

    Location: Main Ballroom How and when are helicopters used in tree care work? This workshop will discuss real-life situations and the level of precision and safety required for a successful lift day. Topics include challenges and hazards involved with helicopter tree removal work, what weights and measurements are needed, and how to process an after-action review to improve safety and efficiency. CEUs earned, CTSP 1, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Bill Burley 

  • 9:15 am - 10:15 am

    Business Succession: Planning Your Pathway

    Location: Junior Ballroom This panel will discuss the process of selling your business and why the path to an end game starts much earlier than the last year of operations. Speakers include Mark Garvin, a business consultant and former president and CEO of TCIA; Jeff Harkness, a succession consultant with 3PG Consulting Group; and Michael Roche, the former owner of Vermont Arborists who recently sold his business. CEUs earned, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Jeff Harkness

    Mark Garvin 

    Michael Roche

  • 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

    Tradeshow Open

  • 10:25 am -

    $500 Cash Giveaway and $1,200 Buckingham Gear Raffle

    Location: Demo Area Must be present to win!

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Demo stage: Training Paves the Way

    Location: Demo stage Good training is essential to giving employees the confidence they need to do their job and protect other team members. Learn why it’s important to build a company culture with employees’ interests at heart and how to ensure they are up to date with training. CEUs earned, CTSP 1, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Jared Abrojena

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Skills Challenge

    Location: NATS Skills Arena Individual and team participants can improve their knowledge of safe work practices while showcasing their technical skills. The individual challenge will be Dueling Notches, while teams of four can compete in Rigging Operations. Winners will receive a prize that includes gear and equipment from our Safety Alliance partners. Challenges are first-come, first-served. Space is limited. Sign ups available when conference opens.

  • 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

    Chainsaw Sharpening and Maintenance

    Location NATS Skills Arena In this 30 min demo, learn tips from NATS pros on keeping your chainsaw sharp and maintained to ensure it cuts fast, smooth, and straight so both you and your saw stay productive and safe.

  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Normas ANSI Z133 en el Sector de la Arboricultura (se presentará en español)

    Ubicación Junior Ballroom En este seminario, aprenderá la historia de la Z y cómo la industria del cuidado de los árboles y las empresas utilizan o deberían utilizar esta norma para elevar sus negocios a un conjunto más seguro, eficiente, productivo y rentable. Esta clase es presentada por Erick Palacious, que es miembro con derecho a voto del actual comité de la norma ANSI Z133 Arboriculture. Todos los empleados, jefes de cuadrilla y propietarios de empresas se benefician del pleno conocimiento de las normas ANSI Z133 y esta clase es una “cita obligada”. CEUs ganado, CTSP 1, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Erick Palacios 

  • 1:25 pm -

    $500.00 Cash Giveaway

    Location: Demo Area Must be present to win!

  • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

    Chainsaw Daily Maintenance

    Location NATS Skills Arena In this 30 min demo, learn tips from NATS pros to keep your chainsaw maintained according to the manufacturer's daily maintenance requirements so both you and your saw stay productive and safe.

  • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Demo stage: Be an Effective Leader

    Location: Demo stage Learn why really damn good leadership matters in the tree care industry. We'll discuss the importance of setting goals and taking the time to understand your team. CEUs earned, CTSP 1, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Jared Abrojena

  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    ANSI Z133 Standards in the Arboriculture Industry

    Location: Junior Ballroom Learn the history behind ANSI Z133 and how the tree care industry and companies can use this standard to elevate their businesses to be safer, more efficient, productive, and profitable. Erick Palacious is a voting member of the current ANSI Z133 Arboriculture standard committee. This class is a “must attend” for any employee, crew leader, and business owner. CEUs earned, CTSP 1, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Erick Palacios 

  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Anchor System Considerations

    Location: EXPO Classroom – Tradeshow Floor When selecting anchor points, arborists often only consider one or two factors. But there are other considerations. We’ll review how to correctly access and select anchor points, discuss today’s most popular techniques, and learn when to use them. CEUs earned, CTSP 1, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Tony Tresselt

  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Trucks, Cranes & Automobiles – Are You Properly Covered?

    Location: Main Ballroom Learn about the many nuances involved with insuring commercial vehicles and inland marine equipment (scheduled and unscheduled equipment.) With business auto insurance premiums on the rise, you will learn how to best protect your vehicles and equipment. You’ll also learn what terms like ACV or RP, and physical damage mean and whether your current coverage has the proper endorsements. CEUs earned, ISA 1, NJ LTE/LTCO 1

    Speakers:

    Brian Fain

    Eric Petersen

    Jeffry Blackman

    Tom Doherty

  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    Skills Challange

    Location: NATS Skills Arena Individual and team participants can improve their knowledge of safe work practices while showcasing their technical skills. The individual challenge will be Dueling Notches, while teams of four can compete in Rigging Operations. Winners will receive a prize that includes gear and equipment from our Safety Alliance partners. Challenges are first-come, first-served. Space is limited. Sign ups available when conference opens.

  • 3:30 pm -

    Tradeshow Ends

Speakers

ArborEXPO ’24 is pleased to showcase a talented, diverse, and powerful lineup of experts.

Mark Chisholm

Aspen Tree Expert

Hans Tielmann 

NJ Crane Expert

Ryan Torcicollo

SavATree

Melissa LeVangie Ingersoll, MCA 

Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop

Register

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Full Conference

$159 USD
  • $199 at the door
  • 2 Days of Education and Tradeshow Access
  • Includes Daily Lunch
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Full Tradeshow Access

$50 USD
  • $75 at the door
  • 2 Days of Tradeshow Access
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Wednesday Tradeshow Only

$37.50 USD
  • $50 at the door
  • 1 Day of Tradeshow Access
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Thursday Tradeshow Only

$37.50 USD
  • $50 at the door
  • 1 Day of Tradeshow Access
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Here are a few highlights from ArborEXPO '23

Attendees got a chance to earn CEUs, demo equipment in our outdoor tradeshow floor, talk with exhibitors, and network with industry colleagues.

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Sponsors

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